"The defense was really strong today," said Doeren. "They came to play. The enthusiasm... communicated well. They had their eyes in the right place.
"On defense, I thought T.Y. McGill was everywhere today. He and Art Norman were productive."
"We came out hard and fast and just played as one defense," added McGill. "That's like we're supposed to play. We did a pretty good job today."
One of the most experienced players on NC State's defense, McGill has been pleased with the play of the defense all spring.
"The spring has been going great," he said. "We've had ups-and-downs but the main thing is to stay consistent and just come out with an attitude... get after it, be tough.
"We're all getting better. Everyday we're getting better. Some days you come out and might be fatigued but you just have to grind."
For NC State it all starts up front with the defense, a group that could potentially start three seniors in the season opener. McGill knows that his group will be counted on to lead the way.
"Whatever good defense has a great defensive line," he said. "We're coming out everyday with out the big heads and just practicing hard and grinding hard... just letting everything fall in place. We're playing pretty good as a defensive line and as a defense."
McGill has taken one of the new enrollees, freshman B.J. Hill, under his wing this spring. Hill, a standout from West Stanly (NC), played offense and defensive end in high school but is lining up inside at defensive tackle for the Wolfpack.
"B.J. has done a fantastic job," said McGill. "He's coming in, learning, not trying to be something he's not. He's just playing ball and doing what the coaches are telling him to do."
The final test for McGill, Hill, and the rest of the defense will be next Saturday in the Kay Yow Spring Game.
"I can't wait," said McGill when asked about the spring game.